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Discover the World Ltd


Tailormade geography, science and adventure school trips

Description

When choosing a school trip provider we know that you are looking for three main things;

1) Educational value
2) A supportive and trustworthy team
3) Value for money

Discover the World Education ticks every box.

We have over 35 years’ experience organising inspirational and educational travel. Our customers trust us to supply safe, quality and exciting tours that are in equal parts academic and enjoyable for every member of the group. We have hand-picked and personally checked our destinations and activities thoroughly, to ensure that you have the trip of a lifetime!

Our family run business began with just one thing, a love for travel. This passion has never wavered as the business has grown.

Today, Discover the World Education has a team of dedicated travel specialists, including former teachers and destination experts, who help schools through the trip planning process and are on hand to support you 24/7 during your trip.

We offer a select range of destinations that have been truly tested by our specialists. Itineraries for these destinations can be tailor made with our range of activities and accommodation. We have the largest range of activities in our most popular destination, Iceland, including the exclusive Icelandic Lava Show.

We are proud of our role in the geography teaching community. We create a wide range of classroom resources, videos and posters, all of which are free to teachers. We also host the Facebook group Geography Teacher Zone, a platform to bridge the gap between topical geography news and the curriculum. Depending on your destination choice you may also be guided by one of our UK qualified and highly experienced Teacher Tour Leaders.

We work collaboratively with other members of the geography community. For example, we are strategic partnership with the Geographical Association to help to make the benefits of international field studies more accessible to geography students, both inside and outside the classroom and our partnership with the Field Studies Council to offer a brand new, exclusive range of geography and science fieldwork opportunities in Iceland.

To discover the world of exciting, educational and affordable travel, speak to a travel specialist today!


Reviews

The following reviews have been added by visit leaders using the EVOLVE system.
Overview
4.8
103 reviews


Excellent
 
82%

Very Good
 
16%

Average
 
3%

Poor
 
0%

Awful
 
0%

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Classics (April 2024 - Secondary School)




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(February 2024 - Secondary School)




Really good company - been used many times - no issues and everything ran smoothly.They coped with the eruption well too -obviously a unwelcome complication! (February 2024)




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(November 2023 - Secondary School)




An amazing trip to Iceland creating memories to last a life time. We even got to see the northern Lights. Play Air and Discover the World were fantastic and I would definitely use them again! (November 2023 - Secondary School)




(November 2023)




(November 2023 - Secondary School)




(November 2023 - Secondary School)




We had a great experience in country; and the team in the UK were really helpful throughout the booking process. (October 2023 - Secondary School)




(October 2023 - Secondary School)




(October 2023 - Primary School)




(October 2023 - Secondary School)




(October 2023 - Secondary School)




Few issues with in country charges we were unaware of (July 2023 - Secondary School)




The Azores is a fantastic location for Biological and Geographical school trips. The variety of ecosystems and clear signs of biological processes from succession to Eutrophication. (July 2023 - Secondary School)




Beautiful environment, excellent guide and superbly run activities with highest standards for safety and skill training. Brilliant awe and wonder experience for students to see the scale of landforms and environmental quality. Excellent learning opportunities and pastoral development too through mixing between year groups. Activities were confidence building but non competitive; collaboration in rafting was promoted too- huge sense of acheivement shared by our students. Trip staff were fully supported by company and hostel/ coach and activity leaders. Definately a trip to repeat- if flight times allow, scope to extend into a visit to Bergen town, or HEP power station (to tie in with year 8 geography curriculum). (June 2023 - Secondary School)




Large groups accommodated in sister hotel, has a bar which is open to the public till 2am so be mindful of this. It was quiet bar though so only a couple of members of the public. Breakfast (buffet, good choice and quality), packed lunch (okay - piece of fruit, water and ham/ salami sub roll), dinner - pasta starter, meat and fried potato main course and cake desert - main course poor quality, small portions. Service good, remember to book dinner times early to get ahead of other groups. No where to fill up water bottles which was an issue, staff got really cross when students were filling bottles up from their large water bottles. (June 2023 - Secondary School)




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(May 2023)




(May 2023 - Secondary School)




Fantastic trip. Students and staff got packed in loads of amazing geographical features. Karen Corfield, The DIscover guide is very knowledgable and experienced. Students were good value and the country was e really experience and enjoyed. (April 2023 - Secondary School)




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(April 2023 - Secondary School)




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(March 2023)




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(February 2023 - Secondary School)




We had an additional representative with us on the trip looking at the trip from a sales perspective. We have fed back to him on improvements particularly around the day 2 and 3 on coach guide and one of the hotels and subtle improvements to the trip, but the trip is well organised and a fantastic opportunity for the students. (November 2022 - Secondary School)




(November 2022 - Secondary School)




Iceland trip reflections/ feedback Forms sent out to staff and student participants for feedback are overwhelmingly positive! Medical- Staff took responsibility for own small groups and checked on medication provision; no issues at airport.All meds returned to students for return flight and parents collected them from airport. 6 students vomited and rehydration gatorade and salt rehydration treatments were offered. All students need to be clear about how to contact staff at night if needed- staff room numbers were shared with students (group B) Dietary and Alergies No epipen emergency occurred. Play flight attendant gave clear notification to passengers on both flights- helpful and important. Dietary needs and requests were met by all guesthouses but we rather basic. Concern as both guesthouses had peanut butter on breakfast table until Hastings staff requested they removed it urgently. Educational visits ALL EXCELLENT especially Glacier walk Next time try to also include Lava Show- highly recommended by guide Marta Food Lunches- Good evening meals Good sandwiches were made by students however some flagged as too basic Accommodation Some confusion with group A room student room allocations in both venues and this was challenging to organise after later night arrial. (Check what went wrong here with Discover) Guesthouse was very kind to wash clothes of sick students Clean and warm and excellent Guide and Driver All very good and professional raport with students. Flights Play- seat allocations better on return but airport check in was very busy. Flight attendants gave passenger announcement to reduce allergy risk. Luggage handlers left one student bag back in Madrid and other broke wheel on student case- claims being made. Phones review for 6th form- nokia substitute for emergency? Communications with parents- Descriptions for parent comms each day were difficult to write after long study days – good to write theses in advance. Taking students pones at night worked well but some disgruntlement form yr 13/12 in A group. Reminder for next time to tell students not to overpack- sme brought too much luggage…however some brought too little (hats, gloved)- we e were lucky with weather but it could have been a big risk as some students were not in warm enough clothes for greater cold conditions! Remember to encourage students not to buy more new clothing- encourage sharing pre trip. Not to consider next trip- Yr 10s with older student were subject to diff expectations- this was sometimes hard to manage by older students in group A (November 2022 - Secondary School)




(November 2022)




(November 2022 - Secondary School)




Superb trip. Full of exciting Geography - non stop variety. (October 2022)




Really fantastic itinerary, guides and driver was superb and accommodation was really good. (April 2022 - Secondary School)




Have used them since 2006. Outstanding school trips and support. (April 2022 - Secondary School)




Exceptional service and Karen Corfield was a fantastic guide. I would only go on this trip with a trained guide. (April 2022 - Primary School & Secondary School)




(February 2022 - Secondary School)




(April 2020 - Secondary School)




(March 2020 - Secondary School)




(March 2020 - Secondary School)




(March 2020 - Secondary School)




Adapted the plans when needed due to weather changes. (February 2020 - Secondary School)




(November 2019 - Secondary School)




Discover the World were excellent. Our flight was cancelled on Sunday due to severe weather conditions. Discover the World were contacted by the airline about moving us onto the earlier flight, they handled all the paperwork and their communication was brilliant. They also helped with contacting the coach company when a student had left their camera on the bus! Excellent company- will use them again. (November 2019 - Secondary School)




(November 2019 - Secondary School)




(November 2019 - Secondary School)




DTW were organised and kept completely in touch with me throughout the process. Their expertise allowed for a range of excursions which were tailored to our group. There were some issues with the check in at the airport (told be there for 3AM, when check in didn't open until 4am and the menus). (October 2019 - Secondary School)




Excellent service provided by Discover the World Education from the booking phase all the way to executing the trip. (October 2019 - Secondary School)




(October 2019)




(October 2019 - Secondary School)




(September 2019 - Secondary School)




(September 2019 - Secondary School)




(May 2019 - Secondary School)




Excellent knowledge of Iceland to help plan an excellent itinerary for our four-night visit. Top quality guides who were flexible, extremely knowledgeable and engaging for our pupils. (May 2019 - Secondary School)




(May 2019 - Secondary School)




(April 2019 - Secondary School)




(April 2019 - Secondary School)




Excellent communication with the company, who worked very hard to ensure that the visit was suitable for the student we took in the wheelchair. The only disappointment with them was their lack on control on the finances where they issued a bill which was significantly under the amount it should have been and was only corrected when the trip leader discussed this with them. (April 2019 - Secondary School)




Provided an excellent service. The trip was well planned and all my pre-trip questions and queries were answered promptly. Very well organised when we were in Iceland - our tour guide and coach driver were fantastic. (April 2019 - Secondary School)




Perfect! (April 2019 - Secondary School)




Outstanding provider - level of service pre and during trip was exceptional. Guide (Henry) was brilliant and extremely knowledgeable about Geology. (March 2019 - Secondary School)




(March 2019 - Secondary School)




(March 2019 - Secondary School)




(March 2019 - Secondary School)




Discover the world was excellent. it is the 4th time of using them. They sent a teacher guide with us from the UK and she was fantastic and built up a lovely relationship with the students. the activities were brilliant and gave the students a varied experience of Iceland. (March 2019 - Secondary School)




(November 2018 - Secondary School)




(November 2018 - Secondary School)




(November 2018 - Secondary School)




Outstanding - from the planning through to the assistance whilst on the trip, they were excellent. (October 2018 - Secondary School)




Excellent organisation from the appointed contact. Very helpful. A full evaluation report is completed separately and submitted to the company. (October 2018 - Secondary School)




Very good (although not the cheapest on the market). The guide provided was very experienced, knew the area well and targeted the information he provided at the needs of the students. This was a big improvement on the previous experience I had four years ago. (October 2018 - Secondary School)




Excellent organisation and amazing guide (September 2018 - Secondary School)




Excellent service throughout before and during the visit (August 2018 - Secondary School)




Excellent support staff - with first-hand knowledge of Iceland who are able to offer advice on making the best itinerary etc. We've been 3 times to Iceland with Discover the World and each time they have been very good. (August 2018 - Secondary School)




(June 2018 - Secondary School)




We were pleased with the tour overall, but DTW could have been more helpful with regards to supporting us with compensation for the delayed flight and communicating with us in iceland. (May 2018 - Secondary School)




(April 2018)




(April 2018 - Secondary School)




Generally good but disappointing on peanut allergies at the airline official line is they will do nothing about this. The communication between the airline, DTW and school was a little weaker than I would ideally have liked. (April 2018 - Secondary School)




Very good organisation, value for money. (April 2018 - Secondary School)




Issues with airport transfer on last day which was late - nobody contactable on the emergency number so had to sort the issues out myself. Other than this - excellent - especially coach driver and guide (April 2018 - Secondary School)




Excellent! This is our second time travelling with DtheW and again they were fantastic both before, during and after our tour. (April 2018 - Secondary School)




Good service as always however felt the lack of Icelandic guides detracted from experience, but understand the reasons! Have highlighted from DTW the need to collage passport numbers essential to speed up checkin in UK otherwise recommend earlier arrival. (February 2018 - Secondary School)




Good service as always however felt the lack of Icelandic guides detracted from experience, but understand the reasons! Have highlighted from DTW the need to collage passport numbers essential to speed up checkin in UK otherwise recommend earlier arrival. (February 2018 - Secondary School)




Supportive and always available. Fully resourced and confident in their planning. Highest possible standards at all time. (January 2018 - Secondary School)




Tailormade geography, science and adventure school trips

Description

When choosing a school trip provider we know that you are looking for three main things;

1) Educational value
2) A supportive and trustworthy team
3) Value for money

Discover the World Education ticks every box.

We have over 35 years’ experience organising inspirational and educational travel. Our customers trust us to supply safe, quality and exciting tours that are in equal parts academic and enjoyable for every member of the group. We have hand-picked and personally checked our destinations and activities thoroughly, to ensure that you have the trip of a lifetime!

Our family run business began with just one thing, a love for travel. This passion has never wavered as the business has grown.

Today, Discover the World Education has a team of dedicated travel specialists, including former teachers and destination experts, who help schools through the trip planning process and are on hand to support you 24/7 during your trip.

We offer a select range of destinations that have been truly tested by our specialists. Itineraries for these destinations can be tailor made with our range of activities and accommodation. We have the largest range of activities in our most popular destination, Iceland, including the exclusive Icelandic Lava Show.

We are proud of our role in the geography teaching community. We create a wide range of classroom resources, videos and posters, all of which are free to teachers. We also host the Facebook group Geography Teacher Zone, a platform to bridge the gap between topical geography news and the curriculum. Depending on your destination choice you may also be guided by one of our UK qualified and highly experienced Teacher Tour Leaders.

We work collaboratively with other members of the geography community. For example, we are strategic partnership with the Geographical Association to help to make the benefits of international field studies more accessible to geography students, both inside and outside the classroom and our partnership with the Field Studies Council to offer a brand new, exclusive range of geography and science fieldwork opportunities in Iceland.

To discover the world of exciting, educational and affordable travel, speak to a travel specialist today!

Contact

Discover the World Ltd
Arctic House
8 Bolters Lane
Banstead
Surrey
SM7 2AR
LOtC

Reviews

The following reviews have been added by visit leaders using the EVOLVE system.
Overview
4.8
103 reviews


Excellent
 
82%

Very Good
 
16%

Average
 
3%

Poor
 
0%

Awful
 
0%

May 2024 - Secondary School




May 2024




May 2024 - Secondary School




April 2024 - Secondary School




April 2024 - Secondary School




April 2024 - Secondary School
Classics



April 2024 - Secondary School




April 2024 - Secondary School




March 2024




February 2024 - Secondary School




February 2024
Really good company - been used many times - no issues and everything ran smoothly.They coped with the eruption well too -obviously a unwelcome complication!



February 2024 - Secondary School




February 2024 - Secondary School




January 2024 - Secondary School




January 2024 - Secondary School




November 2023 - Secondary School




November 2023 - Secondary School
An amazing trip to Iceland creating memories to last a life time. We even got to see the northern Lights. Play Air and Discover the World were fantastic and I would definitely use them again!



November 2023




November 2023 - Secondary School




November 2023 - Secondary School




October 2023 - Secondary School
We had a great experience in country; and the team in the UK were really helpful throughout the booking process.



October 2023 - Secondary School




October 2023 - Primary School




October 2023 - Secondary School




October 2023 - Secondary School




July 2023 - Secondary School
Few issues with in country charges we were unaware of



July 2023 - Secondary School
The Azores is a fantastic location for Biological and Geographical school trips. The variety of ecosystems and clear signs of biological processes from succession to Eutrophication.



June 2023 - Secondary School
Beautiful environment, excellent guide and superbly run activities with highest standards for safety and skill training. Brilliant awe and wonder experience for students to see the scale of landforms and environmental quality. Excellent learning opportunities and pastoral development too through mixing between year groups. Activities were confidence building but non competitive; collaboration in rafting was promoted too- huge sense of acheivement shared by our students. Trip staff were fully supported by company and hostel/ coach and activity leaders. Definately a trip to repeat- if flight times allow, scope to extend into a visit to Bergen town, or HEP power station (to tie in with year 8 geography curriculum).



June 2023 - Secondary School
Large groups accommodated in sister hotel, has a bar which is open to the public till 2am so be mindful of this. It was quiet bar though so only a couple of members of the public. Breakfast (buffet, good choice and quality), packed lunch (okay - piece of fruit, water and ham/ salami sub roll), dinner - pasta starter, meat and fried potato main course and cake desert - main course poor quality, small portions. Service good, remember to book dinner times early to get ahead of other groups. No where to fill up water bottles which was an issue, staff got really cross when students were filling bottles up from their large water bottles.



June 2023 - Secondary School




June 2023




June 2023 - Secondary School




May 2023 - Secondary School




May 2023 - Secondary School




May 2023




May 2023 - Secondary School




April 2023 - Secondary School
Fantastic trip. Students and staff got packed in loads of amazing geographical features. Karen Corfield, The DIscover guide is very knowledgable and experienced. Students were good value and the country was e really experience and enjoyed.



April 2023 - Secondary School




April 2023 - Secondary School




April 2023 - Secondary School




March 2023




March 2023 - Secondary School




March 2023 - Secondary School




March 2023 - Secondary School




February 2023 - Secondary School




November 2022 - Secondary School
We had an additional representative with us on the trip looking at the trip from a sales perspective. We have fed back to him on improvements particularly around the day 2 and 3 on coach guide and one of the hotels and subtle improvements to the trip, but the trip is well organised and a fantastic opportunity for the students.



November 2022 - Secondary School




November 2022 - Secondary School
Iceland trip reflections/ feedback Forms sent out to staff and student participants for feedback are overwhelmingly positive! Medical- Staff took responsibility for own small groups and checked on medication provision; no issues at airport.All meds returned to students for return flight and parents collected them from airport. 6 students vomited and rehydration gatorade and salt rehydration treatments were offered. All students need to be clear about how to contact staff at night if needed- staff room numbers were shared with students (group B) Dietary and Alergies No epipen emergency occurred. Play flight attendant gave clear notification to passengers on both flights- helpful and important. Dietary needs and requests were met by all guesthouses but we rather basic. Concern as both guesthouses had peanut butter on breakfast table until Hastings staff requested they removed it urgently. Educational visits ALL EXCELLENT especially Glacier walk Next time try to also include Lava Show- highly recommended by guide Marta Food Lunches- Good evening meals Good sandwiches were made by students however some flagged as too basic Accommodation Some confusion with group A room student room allocations in both venues and this was challenging to organise after later night arrial. (Check what went wrong here with Discover) Guesthouse was very kind to wash clothes of sick students Clean and warm and excellent Guide and Driver All very good and professional raport with students. Flights Play- seat allocations better on return but airport check in was very busy. Flight attendants gave passenger announcement to reduce allergy risk. Luggage handlers left one student bag back in Madrid and other broke wheel on student case- claims being made. Phones review for 6th form- nokia substitute for emergency? Communications with parents- Descriptions for parent comms each day were difficult to write after long study days – good to write theses in advance. Taking students pones at night worked well but some disgruntlement form yr 13/12 in A group. Reminder for next time to tell students not to overpack- sme brought too much luggage…however some brought too little (hats, gloved)- we e were lucky with weather but it could have been a big risk as some students were not in warm enough clothes for greater cold conditions! Remember to encourage students not to buy more new clothing- encourage sharing pre trip. Not to consider next trip- Yr 10s with older student were subject to diff expectations- this was sometimes hard to manage by older students in group A



November 2022




November 2022 - Secondary School




October 2022
Superb trip. Full of exciting Geography - non stop variety.



April 2022 - Secondary School
Really fantastic itinerary, guides and driver was superb and accommodation was really good.



April 2022 - Secondary School
Have used them since 2006. Outstanding school trips and support.



April 2022 - Primary School & Secondary School
Exceptional service and Karen Corfield was a fantastic guide. I would only go on this trip with a trained guide.



February 2022 - Secondary School




April 2020 - Secondary School




March 2020 - Secondary School




March 2020 - Secondary School




March 2020 - Secondary School




February 2020 - Secondary School
Adapted the plans when needed due to weather changes.



November 2019 - Secondary School




November 2019 - Secondary School
Discover the World were excellent. Our flight was cancelled on Sunday due to severe weather conditions. Discover the World were contacted by the airline about moving us onto the earlier flight, they handled all the paperwork and their communication was brilliant. They also helped with contacting the coach company when a student had left their camera on the bus! Excellent company- will use them again.



November 2019 - Secondary School




November 2019 - Secondary School




October 2019 - Secondary School
DTW were organised and kept completely in touch with me throughout the process. Their expertise allowed for a range of excursions which were tailored to our group. There were some issues with the check in at the airport (told be there for 3AM, when check in didn't open until 4am and the menus).



October 2019 - Secondary School
Excellent service provided by Discover the World Education from the booking phase all the way to executing the trip.



October 2019




October 2019 - Secondary School




September 2019 - Secondary School




September 2019 - Secondary School




May 2019 - Secondary School




May 2019 - Secondary School
Excellent knowledge of Iceland to help plan an excellent itinerary for our four-night visit. Top quality guides who were flexible, extremely knowledgeable and engaging for our pupils.



May 2019 - Secondary School




April 2019 - Secondary School




April 2019 - Secondary School




April 2019 - Secondary School
Excellent communication with the company, who worked very hard to ensure that the visit was suitable for the student we took in the wheelchair. The only disappointment with them was their lack on control on the finances where they issued a bill which was significantly under the amount it should have been and was only corrected when the trip leader discussed this with them.



April 2019 - Secondary School
Provided an excellent service. The trip was well planned and all my pre-trip questions and queries were answered promptly. Very well organised when we were in Iceland - our tour guide and coach driver were fantastic.



April 2019 - Secondary School
Perfect!



March 2019 - Secondary School
Outstanding provider - level of service pre and during trip was exceptional. Guide (Henry) was brilliant and extremely knowledgeable about Geology.



March 2019 - Secondary School




March 2019 - Secondary School




March 2019 - Secondary School




March 2019 - Secondary School
Discover the world was excellent. it is the 4th time of using them. They sent a teacher guide with us from the UK and she was fantastic and built up a lovely relationship with the students. the activities were brilliant and gave the students a varied experience of Iceland.



November 2018 - Secondary School




November 2018 - Secondary School




November 2018 - Secondary School




October 2018 - Secondary School
Outstanding - from the planning through to the assistance whilst on the trip, they were excellent.



October 2018 - Secondary School
Excellent organisation from the appointed contact. Very helpful. A full evaluation report is completed separately and submitted to the company.



October 2018 - Secondary School
Very good (although not the cheapest on the market). The guide provided was very experienced, knew the area well and targeted the information he provided at the needs of the students. This was a big improvement on the previous experience I had four years ago.



September 2018 - Secondary School
Excellent organisation and amazing guide



August 2018 - Secondary School
Excellent service throughout before and during the visit



August 2018 - Secondary School
Excellent support staff - with first-hand knowledge of Iceland who are able to offer advice on making the best itinerary etc. We've been 3 times to Iceland with Discover the World and each time they have been very good.



June 2018 - Secondary School




May 2018 - Secondary School
We were pleased with the tour overall, but DTW could have been more helpful with regards to supporting us with compensation for the delayed flight and communicating with us in iceland.



April 2018




April 2018 - Secondary School




April 2018 - Secondary School
Generally good but disappointing on peanut allergies at the airline official line is they will do nothing about this. The communication between the airline, DTW and school was a little weaker than I would ideally have liked.



April 2018 - Secondary School
Very good organisation, value for money.



April 2018 - Secondary School
Issues with airport transfer on last day which was late - nobody contactable on the emergency number so had to sort the issues out myself. Other than this - excellent - especially coach driver and guide



April 2018 - Secondary School
Excellent! This is our second time travelling with DtheW and again they were fantastic both before, during and after our tour.



February 2018 - Secondary School
Good service as always however felt the lack of Icelandic guides detracted from experience, but understand the reasons! Have highlighted from DTW the need to collage passport numbers essential to speed up checkin in UK otherwise recommend earlier arrival.



February 2018 - Secondary School
Good service as always however felt the lack of Icelandic guides detracted from experience, but understand the reasons! Have highlighted from DTW the need to collage passport numbers essential to speed up checkin in UK otherwise recommend earlier arrival.



January 2018 - Secondary School
Supportive and always available. Fully resourced and confident in their planning. Highest possible standards at all time.